Dan Rowbottom landed his second pole position at Thruxton for Round 16 of the British Touring Car Championship.
A dry circuit awaited all 29 drivers as they pushed for pole position ahead of tomorrow’s Race 1.
The opening minutes had BMWs take the top three positions, but the times drastically got quicker with drivers pushing to the limits.
Dan Rowbottom, already a race winner and multiple podium-sitter this season, was the first to better Turkington with a 1m15.847s.
With 27 kg ballast on-board, this time held the top spot for much of the session before Jake Hill surpassed him by a tenth-of-a-second.
Meanwhile Ash Sutton was extracting the most from his Infiniti Q50 by carrying 77 kg of weight ballast.
His teammate Aiden Moffat suffered a rear-left puncture after two flying laps, predictably due to being aggressive on the kerbs.
A minor drama emerged when Gordon Shedden’s front brakes were on fire thus causing him to abandon a strong flying lap.
Other dramas were instances of drivers going off the circuit, including Carl Boardley, Jade Edwards, Aron Taylor-Smith and Rory Butcher.
During the last 10 minutes of the session, times became close as did the fight for pole between the hatchbacks.
Rowbottom snatched back his top spot by 0.086s during the final few minutes, setting a 1m15.521s.
Jake Hill and Josh Cook narrowly missed out to complete the top three places.
Rory Butcher landed fourth ahead of the first BMW, Tom Oliphant.
Two rear-wheel drive cars followed with Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan and Ash Sutton.
Dan Lloyd set a 1m15.922s to go eighth fastest.
Colin Turkington and Senna Proctor rounded off the top-10 order.
|Position||Driver||Team||Time||Diff. from pole|
|1||Daniel Rowbottom||Team Dynamics||1m15.521s||– –|
|2||Jake Hill||MB Motorsport (C)||1m15.607s||0.086s|
|3||Josh Cook||BTC Racing||1m15.632s||0.111s|
|4||Rory Butcher||Toyota GAZOO Racing UK (C)||1m15.731s||0.210s|
|5||Tom Oliphant||Team BMW (C)||1m15.838s||0.317s|
|6||Adam Morgan||Ciceley Motorsport||1m15.855s||0.334s|
|7||Ash Sutton||Laser Tools Racing||1m15.862s||0.341s|
|8||Dan Lloyd||Power Maxed Racing||1m15.922s||0.401s|
|9||Colin Turkington||Team BMW (C)||1m15.931s||0.410s|
|10||Senna Proctor||BTC Racing||1m15.939s||0.418s|
|11||Jason Plato||Power Maxed Racing||1m16.043s||0.522s|
|12||Tom Ingram||EXCELR8 Trade Price Cars||1m16.099s||0.578s|
|13||Tom Chilton||Ciceley Motorsport||1m16.153s||0.632s|
|14||Gordon Shedden||Team Dynamics||1m16.166s||0.645s|
|15||Stephen Jelley||Team BMW (C)||1m16.211s||0.690s|
|16||Chris Smiley||EXCELR8 Trade Price Cars||1m16.266s||0.745s|
|17||Jack Goff||Team HARD||1m16.510s||0.989s|
|18||Aiden Moffat||Laser Tools Racing||1m16.644s||1.123s|
|19||Jade Edwards||BTC Racing||1m16.690s||1.169s|
|20||Ollie Jackson||MB Motorsport (C)||1m16.740s||1.219s|
|21||Árón Taylor-Smith||Team HARD||1m16.746s||1.225s|
|22||Jack Butel||EXCELR8 Trade Price Cars||1m16.763s||1.242s|
|23||Paul Rivett||Motorbase Performance (C)||1m16.770s||1.249s|
|24||Sam Smelt||Toyota GAZOO Racing UK (C)||1m16.880s||1.359s|
|25||Jack Mitchell||Team HARD||1m17.006s||1.485s|
|26||Carl Boardley||Laser Tools Racing||1m17.061s||1.540s|
|27||Sam Osborne||Motorbase Performance (C)||1m17.070s||1.549s|
|28||Rick Parfitt Jr.||EXCELR8 Trade Price Cars||1m17.137s||1.616s|
|29||Nicolas Hamilton||Team HARD||1m18.176s||2.655s|